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In the first half of the 20th century, the American chestnut tree was all but eliminated from the forests of eastern North America by an imported fungal disease, commonly known as chestnut blight. Tyler Arboretum, in cooperation with the American Chestnut Foundation, is host to a preservation orchard where surviving examples of this tree are raised and bred as part of the conservation effort to restore this iconic tree to eastern forests. Join expert Dan O’Keefe for a tour of the orchard to learn about the American chestnut tree, its significance, and efforts to achieve resistance to the fungal blight. September is harvest time in the Chestnut Orchard, and Dan will demonstrate how to harvest chestnuts and will give everyone seeds!

Members: FREE (sign-in for discount); Non-members: $15 Adults 18+; $9 Youth ages 14-17. The non-member fee includes admission, so please feel free to stay for the day!


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